Plot to Plate Project calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Plot to Plate (A Disability Direct Project) is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Plot to Plate is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Plot to Plate is a free to use sustainable community allotment to support positive health and wellbeing through enabling people with the skills to grow produce and promoting healthy eating through practical cookery sessions. As we have designed the plot to be accessible for disabled and older people we can provide opportunities to take part in physical activity, a chance to make friends and socialise in an informal, accessible and safe environment.




Sally Austin, Operations Director Disability Direct : We are really excited to have been shortlisted for the Tesco’s Bags of Help, this project means so much to our members as allotments tend to be an area of our community that is often off bounds to older or disabled people as they are not always easy to get around.  The Plot to Plate allotment gives the opportunity for everyone in Derby to get some time in the open air, grow their own fruit and vegetables, make friends and get their hands dirty!

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July 2018 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £52 million to more than 16,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit